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The mythical ‘refugee crisis’

The Government claims that the UK has resettled more refugees that any other EU country. However, this figure only refers to a limited, specific UN resettlement scheme and only represents six
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Navy unhappy with government’s plan to control Channel crossings.

Defence chiefs are increasingly unhappy with their role in controlling small boats in the Channel, according to the Observer.   Ministry of Defence data shows that crossings have almost doubled
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Liz Truss plans to expand Rwanda scheme

Liz Truss, the Tory leadership contender and current foreign secretary, has pledged to expand the controversial Rwanda policy.   She told ITV that she would like to widen the scheme
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10,000 Afghan refugees still living in hotels

Around 10,00 Afghan refugees are still living in hotels, according to a BBC Newsnight investigation.   100 Afghans are being accommodated in a hotel with leaking rooms and poor standards
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UK’s asylum policies condemned by MPs

Sending asylum seekers to Rwanda is not halting channel crossings, expected to double this year, according to the home affairs select committee.   Their report estimates that, by the end
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Young refugees share their stories of seeking sanctuary in the UK

https://www.instagram.com/p/CfHQFStliGv/ Laura from Burundi and Anaelle.   https://www.instagram.com/p/CfJMO5ZF3tP/  Amir arrived in the UK from Afghanistan last year.   https://www.instagram.com/p/CfMIK7JFgLM/ Ahmed thanks all the people who have helped him since he
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Flaws in UK child visas leave around 1,000 unaccompanied Ukrainian children in limbo

17 year-old Anastasiia is a talented violinist living on the frontline in south-east Ukraine; she has been waiting for three months to join her host family in Hertfordshire. Her home
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All Tory candidates back Rwanda flights

All the candidates for the Conservative Party leadership , past and present, have now backed the Rwanda scheme. Rishi Sunak is the latest to express support. According to a spokesperson,
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Peace Haven- a project to provide homes for refugees in Dorset

Moved by the plight of Ukrainian and Afghan refugees, church members in Wimborne, Dorset, are fundraising to provide homes for refugees. The project is supported by St Michael’s and All
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Further Rwanda deportation flights planned

The Guardian reports that a second flight could take off within weeks, although the high court hearing to consider the Government’s plans will not start until July 19th. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/jul/03/uk-home-office-plans-second-flight-to-deport-asylum-seekers-to-rwanda  
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Protest the Rwanda scheme- suggested letter to MPs

Elizabeth Coleman, a member of QARN, the Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network, has drafted a well-argued letter criticising the scheme. People are welcome to adapt the letter, as they wish.
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Looking for practical help?

For further information and support, try these websites:

Safe Passage is concerned with refugee and asylum-seeking children:

The Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network:

There are also many local groups and councils offering specific support to hosts of Ukranians and other refugees.

In Bournemouth, for instance, the International Care Network supports refugees and asylum seekers in the Bournemouth/Poole area, including language classes and ‘befriending’ schemes.

In north-west London, Families4Peace is offering support to Ukranian refugees and their hosts.

About me

I am a writer and former journalist who volunteers with a refugee charity.

I am convinced that, as a country, we need to welcome refugees. My inspiration comes from my godmother, Trudi Eulenburg, who was granted shelter in the UK from Nazi Germany as a teenager in 1939.

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